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My 2 year-old Sony Bravia (KDL 40S2010 ) is HD Ready but not full HD - nevertheless I get excellent 1080i pictures from both SKY HD and my Blue ray player (Sony350S). Would it be worth while investing in a new full HD TV? I'm aware SKY doesn't transmit 1080p so presumably no benefit would be gained there but would there be enough improvement taking 1080p instead of 1080i from the blue ray player to justify the expensive change of TV? Any views would be appreciated.


THanks, Douglas9.

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I have a similar setup - KDL 40W2000, Foxsat (Freesat) HDR and the Sony 350. I too have an excellent picture from all sources, and am entirely satisfied.


I'm sure a more modern set with 1080p would give me a better picture from Blu Ray discs, especially with motion, but on the other hand I don't have a problem with that and am very happy with what I have. I certainly wouldn't spend the extra just to get 1080p, as I'd much prefer to spend that sort of cash on more BluRay discs, and getting out into the countryside.


But, each to his own. I buy books when I could borrow from a library for nothing. Go figure. 

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Thanks for reply, DenP. My own feelings were along similar lines.  I guess any electronic item these days is out of date almost as soon as you buy it so 'if it aint broke, don't change it ' seems a good policy.


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DenP:

I have a similar setup - KDL 40W2000, Foxsat (Freesat) HDR and the Sony 350. I too have an excellent picture from all sources, and am entirely satisfied.


I'm sure a more modern set with 1080p would give me a better picture from Blu Ray discs, especially with motion, but on the other hand I don't have a problem with that and am very happy with what I have. I certainly wouldn't spend the extra just to get 1080p, as I'd much prefer to spend that sort of cash on more BluRay discs, and getting out into the countryside.


But, each to his own. I buy books when I could borrow from a library for nothing. Go figure. 



DenP, I have your screen and it does do 1080p. It doesn't offer 24fps but 1080p all the way.

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Douglas9:

My 2 year-old Sony Bravia (KDL 40S2010 ) is HD Ready but not full HD - nevertheless I get excellent 1080i pictures from both SKY HD and my Blue ray player (Sony350S). Would it be worth while investing in a new full HD TV? I'm aware SKY doesn't transmit 1080p so presumably no benefit would be gained there but would there be enough improvement taking 1080p instead of 1080i from the blue ray player to justify the expensive change of TV? Any views would be appreciated.


THanks, Douglas9.

Hi there

I'm in the same boat as I have a three-year-old 40in Sony Bravia which, like yours is HD-ready but not Full HD.

Having seen last year's Award-winner, the Sony KDL-40W4500, up against its replacement last week, the new KDL-40W5500, I asked myself the same question. IMHO, while the newer models are marginally better than my older set with Blu-ray, the difference isn't sufficient to warrant ditching the old TV and buying the new.

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Many thanks , Andy, for the reassurance that the status quo is probably my best option for now.


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I recently upgraded my Pana px70 for a pz80 to get a 1080p screen. I don't regret it for one minute. Much better with blue ray IMHO.

Can't comment on sky as I don't have it.

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Mine is the 2006 model and it's definitely 1080i, but I'm still very happy with it. I only rarely notice poor handling of motion, and for all I know it might not be so very much better on a 1080p set for that particular programme or disc.


I saw the original review in WHF and viewed it at Comet - salesman even altered the settings to see if it would match my preferred settings, which it did, so I bought it there and then. Once adjusted from the out of the box defaults I've only had to tinker with it slightly on occasion since, and when i've purchased new input boxes like Freesat and BluRay.


No Freeview in this area so I have satelite tv and I find the pictures very good, with Channel 5 in often being stunning. BBC and ITV HD are handled very well too.


Not sure how well it will handle Freeview when that becomes available here in a year's time, but as that will only be about 20 channels initially it's not going to make much difference to me.


 

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Most HDTVs do quite a good job of deinterlacing 1080i so there's no major downside to feeding them 1080i instead of 1080p. A native 1080i signal contains all of original frames.

I just swapped my HD Ready Pioneer set for a 1080p one. There a small but definitelyÿnoticeableÿimprovement with 1080i/p material. Blu Ray looks marginally better than Sky HD, but I suspect that's largely due to the less aggressive compression, 36 bit colour and 24p output. DVD looks as good as it ever did, which is to say very good indeed. Some of the poorer quality SD channels on Sky actually look worse, but most look fine.

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Hi Andy


I've an opportunity to purchase the new 40w5500 at a fraction of the cost - alas I need to do so this week! 


Having given up on the 40w4500 ever materialising (and fear of clouding) I've spent the last few weeks trawling net for a review of 5500.  Have you seen this set at What Hi Fi and is it on a par with 4500? Clearly it's difficult to guess whether this new beast will be a five star rating and sadly I don't have luxury of time. BTW it's all above board and fully legal lol!


Thanks,


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Re: 1080i v 1080p

I watch a 1080i KDL-32S2510 every day at home after standing amongst the latest Sony TVs all day every day. I'm quite happy with my set, even though I can see where improvements have been made in the newer models (irrespective of the actual screen resolution). I just can't justify paying out more money when, after hours of fiddling to get the best picture, I've got a very enjoyable set at home.

If you do still want to change, you'll automatically get 1080p on any new 40" Sony set. However, its not that which will make the biggest difference. Its the improvement in the processing from the original Bravia Engine to the latest Bravia Engine 3. Whether that difference is enough for you to justify the expenditure, only you can judge.

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